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Request for anti-junk ordinance, timber right of way dominate county commission meeting

By: Bonnie Davis Guy
Freelance Writer

The Johnson County Commission met this past Thursday with the agenda being immediately addressed and moved through quickly. Very few audience members were in attendance and no one had signed up to address the commissioners. Minutes were approved from the May meeting and the various committee reports were discussed.
A right of way variance was given to a resident on Lakeview Drive. It was unanimously approved because changing the right of way from 50 feet to 25 feet would bring this property into line with the surrounding properties. Notaries Steven Bishop and Amy Stout were unanimously approved. Russell Robinson addressed the commissioners concerning the remaining budget amendments. Commissioner George Lowe motioned for the amendments to be approved as a whole and all agreed to this. An official county bond of $40,000 for the Assistant Director of 911 was voted upon and approved. Sheriff Mike Reece addressed the commission asking approval to auction off obsolete phone system and support equipment the sheriff’s office no longer needs. The items were approved for auction.
Mayor Larry Potter informed the commissioners that Parkdale had notified the county that a decision to increase the size and scope of their plant expansion as well as adding additional new hires once the project is complete had been made by their corporate office. Parkdale was requesting an abatement/tax resolution similar to what had been previously put in place with the original enlargement plan. The new tax resolution would be exactly the same as before only the revision would include the new space and employees. The question was asked what the annual payroll at Parkdale would be considering the new additions and the increase in the number of employees. According to Potter, he believed it would be in the neighborhood of $10 million. He stated he knew that supporting Parkdale would in the long run prove to be excellent for Johnson County’s economy. The Mountain City Parkdale plant will now be the largest of its kind in the United States. After a brief question and answer session, the commissioners voted and approved the resolution.
Chairman Taylor then called David McLemore to the podium to discuss a perceived public health nuisance near 542 Rainbow Road in Mountain City. McLemore explained that he had moved to Johnson County years ago because of its natural beauty. He and his family settled on Rainbow Road. He stated he loves his home and the area, however, he claims a neighbor with a yard full of junk cars and other debris is causing his family to be unable to enjoy their yard. According to McLemore, especially after a rainstorm, run off including rust, feces from various animal pens, and other toxins flow into his yard.

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